Our generation is addicted to cell phones. We check our cell phones with the first ray of light in morning and I am sure we either reply or send numerous messages while we are on our beds only. I am no different.

But on Friday morning when I woke up, the new thing that I found was not just messages on my phone but a contact too. To my surprise, I never added it. Just like me, hundreds of people woke up puzzled with a with a Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) toll-free helpline number saved in their phonebooks.

UIDAI Contact in a phone (Credits: The Indian Express)

Where did it come from?

It was just a few days back when the chairman of TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India), RS Sharma was into highlights. He posted on twitter his Aadhaar Number with a challenge to all the UIDAI critics to try finding any information if they can. In response to this ethical hackers got all of his bank details and deposited Rs 1 to his bank account and posted on twitter the transaction number too. As per a report in The Times of India, ethical hackers also claimed to have his bank account number and IFSC Code for five other accounts. This incident raised a big question on the privacy and safety to the personal data with regard to UIDAI.

However, it is posted on UIDAI twitter account that:

“It is clarified that, UIDAI has not asked or communicated to any manufacturer or service provider for providing any such facility whatsoever.”

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Screenshot of Twitter

Just today the Google accepted that in 2014 it had accidentally coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI number into its setup wizard for Android smartphones.

 

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